Our beloved Diane F. (Casey) McKeen, 64, of Quincy, Massachusetts, passed away on February 15th, 2021, surrounded by family. Diane's strength, as she battled cancer, was edified by faith, hope, humor and love. Illness never diminished her generous spirit and the positive way she viewed the world.
Diane was born to Dennis F. Casey, Sr. and Kathleen M. Kirrane, on September 28th, 1956, in Boston. Diane was a longtime resident of Quincy and Milton. She graduated from Saint Clare's High School in Roslindale in 1974, and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University, receiving a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Diane is the proud mother of Kerry McKeen Ely and husband Jason Ely of Troy, NH, and Casey McKeen of Quincy. She is survived by many cousins, extended family members and devoted friends.
Diane was a long-time employee of the Milton Public School system, where she put her heart and soul into helping children in her care. She also worked in the Milton After School program, creating student clubs where she shared her artistic and creative passions.
Diane enjoyed life, her family, and was a loyal friend to many, always there to brighten the lives of others. Diane loved music, formed friendships throughout the Blues community, and spent many nights dancing. She was an avid reader, on a first name basis with the librarians, and
especially enjoyed sitting in her yard with a good book. She cherished all living things including pets, plants and wildlife. Diane's talents and hobbies included making her own greeting cards, stamp collecting, crocheting gifts and growing mass amounts of morning glory flowers. Diane believed that laughter was the best medicine. She always had a smile on her face and a joke on her lips.
A funeral mass and celebration of Diane’s life will be held on Friday March 12, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 1203 Commercial Street, Weymouth. All are welcome to attend with Facial Covering's and “Social Distancing” protocols in place. In lieu of
flowers, donations can be made in Diane's memory to the Blues Foundation's Blues in the Schools Program, blues.org.